Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology
University of Waterloo, East Campus 4, Room 2001
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo , Ontario, N2L 3G1 Canada
519-888-4567 Ext 32732
My research program combines a fundamental in-vitro research approach, examining the time varying response of the lumbar spine tissues, with in-vivo human research, examining biological responses to cumulative loading exposure from both pain generating and tissue altering/injuring perspectives. Work in my laboratories involves developing approaches to assess workplace cumulative loading exposure and injury in conjunction with in-vitro tissue mechanics studies investigating the injury pathways from repetitive loading. Currently, quantifying the influence of modifiers such as repetition and magnitude of exposure to establish the relationship between cumulative loading and low back pain is a major focus in my research. This knowledge will complement existing epidemiological data, linking cumulative loading and low back pain, for setting exposure limits and helping to prevent low back injuries.
CBB Executive Director
Canada Research Chair in Shoulder Mechanics [Canada Research Chair Profile]
[Waterloo News] February 19, 2019 "How to make the push-up work for you"
[Waterloo Stories] October 7, 2013 "Reducing shoulder injuries in the workplace"
Canada Research Chair in Fish and Environmental Immunology [Canada Research Chair Profile]
[UW Science News] June 15, 2018, Waterloo Biologist mentors local teen, the 2018 International BioGENEius Challenge winner
[Waterloo Stories] January 22, 2018 "Vaccines not protecting farmed fish from disease"
[Waterloo Stories] February 13, 2014 "True love makes pacific salmon healthier"
[YouTube] October 9, 2013 "Science Scoop - For the love of fish!"
[Waterloo Stories] September 9, 2013 "Video conferencing connects Waterloo biologist to young students"
Canada Research Chair in Environmental Microbiology [Canada Research Chair Profile]
[YouTube] October 23, 2015 "Piecing life together - microbial diversity and function through meta-omic analyses"
[Waterloo Stories] April 12, 2016 "New tree of life may hold clues to cleaning up pollution"
Bioinformatics tools (protein structures, genome mapping, conducting homology searches)
Protein structure prediction, and automated NMR protein structure determination
Stem cell image recognition
Canada Research Chair in Bioinformatics [Canada Research Chair Profile]
The Royal Society of Canada Fellow
[Waterloo Stories] April 5, 2013 "RSVP: Responding to a need"
[Waterloo Stories] July 6, 2012 "Solving life's big issues, one question at a time"
Biomechanics engineering (injury rehabilitation, assistive devices for elderly, athletes, disabled)
Mechatronic and robotic systems
Multibody system dynamics
Computational methods for analysis and design
Advanced vehicle systems
Canada Research Chair in Biomechatronic System Dynamics [Canada Research Chair Profile]
NSERC/Toyota/Maplesoft Industrial Research Chair in Mathematics-Based Modelling and Design [NSERC Profile]
[Waterloo Stories] February 20, 2019 "Engineering innovation for wheelchair curlers"
[Waterloo Stories] August 5, 2016 "Rio Olympics 2016: Engineering speed for the Canadian track cycling team"
[Waterloo Stories] June 17, 2015 "Waterloo’s $10M dream facility for smarter, greener cars"
Office of Research - Technology Transfer & Commercialization:
Protein and DNA separation analysis towards disease diagnosis and drug discovery
Biosensing and Devices (bacterial, proteins, fluorescence)
Living cell analysis and water toxicity testing
Lab-on-a-Chip technology (point-of-care biomedical diagnosis , chemical detection, protein separation and identification, environmental testing)
Micro-scale fluid mechanics, droplet microfluidics and nanofluidics
Canada Research Chair in Lab-on-a-Chip Technology [Canada Research Chair Profile]
[Waterloo Stories] June 14, 2012 "Creating the tiny future of science"
Tissue engineering and biodegradable implants for regenerative medicine (3D printing)
Bio-additive and microscale-additive manufacturing (opto-mechanical sensors, smart structures, developed through additive manufacturing)
Novel multi-scale additive manufacturing technologies for biomedical, oil/gas and manufacturing sectors
Laser-based fabrication techniques with particular focus on direct write processes in micro- and macro-scale
Modeling, sensing and real-time control of laser-based manufacturing techniques
University Research Chair
Canada Research Chair in Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing [Canada Research Chair Profile]
[Office of Research News] May 8,2018 "Waterloo researchers named Canada Research Chairs"
[YouTube Lecture] May 6, 2014 "Additive manufacturing"
Office of Research - Technology Transfer & Commercialization:
Canada Research Chair in Scientific Computing [Canada Research Chair Profile]
Biomedical image processing and analysis (prostate, breast, lung and dermatological cancer analysis, retinal photoreceptor and blood vessel analysis, musculoskeletal kinematic analysis
Remote sensing data processing and analysis (sea ice, underwater object, oil spill analysis)
Perceptual based video and image processing (noise reduction, compression, enhancement)
Computer vision and pattern recognition
Multimedia management systems
3D graphics and game development
Cognitive radio networks
Canada Research Chair in Medical Imaging Systems [Canada Research Chair Profile]
[Daily Bulletin] June 1, 2018, 11 CBB Members Named Outstanding Performance Award Winners
[Waterloo News] May 15, 2018 "Researchers combine wearable technology and AI to predict the onset of health problems"
[The Star] February 9, 2018 "How TheRedPin aims to take a swipe at the real estate industry"
[Waterloo News] June 7, 2017 "Artificial intelligence-driven imaging research makes diagnosing disease easier"
[Waterloo Stories] January 28, 2017 "Artificial intelligence and the Waterloo-Toronto tech supercluster"
[Waterloo Stories] May 20, 2016 "Breakthrough tech helps doctors more accurately diagnose cancer"
[CBB researcher story] January 9, 2013 "Improving Early Diagnosis to Save Lives"
[Waterloo Stories] January 9, 2013 "Making it harder for cancer to hide"
[YouTube Lecture] October 1, 2014 "Integrative systems for biomedical imaging and analysis"
Nanodevices and carbon nanotube-based sensors for biomedical applications (early disease detection)
Microassembly and micromirror devices for genetic microarray reading and tissue imaging
Canada Research Chair in Micro and NanoDevices [Canada Research Chair Profile]
Microjoining (wire bonding, laser & resistance microwelding, etc.) for medical and electronics applications
Nanojoining (laser joining, soldering, etc.) for sensing and biomedical applications
Brazing/soldering (diffusion brazing, ceramic/metal bonding, etc.) for aerospace, automotive and electronics applications
Welding (laser, resistance welding, etc.) for automotive applications
Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials Joining and Processing [Canada Research Chair Profile]
[Office of Research News] May 8, 2018 Waterloo researchers named Canada Research Chairs
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within the Office of Indigenous Relations.